The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary, Jay Shah said that the board has been putting in tremendous efforts to get Ranji Trophy on track. He said after the latest development on the Ranji Trophy (on Thursday), which will take place after a gap of two years.
“Have been eagerly waiting for this day as India Cricket’s premier domestic tournament, the #RanjiTrophy returns. A lot of effort has gone behind the scenes to get our first-class cricket back on track, and it is now time to let red-ball take centre stage. Good luck, everyone,” Jay Shah tweeted.
Ranji Trophy 2021:
Ranji Trophy will begin on February 17 and it will be held in two parts, one before the Indian Premier League (IPL) and another half after the IPL. The first half will be held between February 17 & March 15, while IPL will kickstart from March 27.
Matches will take place in three rounds before the pre-quarterfinals February 17 to 20, then February 24 to 27, and finally, from March 3 to 6. The second round will begin on May 30, after the conclusion of IPL 2022, and run until June 26.
A total of 64 matches will be held across 62 days and will comprise eight elite groups and one plate group. There will be four teams in the elite group, and six teams will cut into the plate group. The topper from each elite group will advance into the plate group. And a team from Elite Group will get to advance into the quarterfinal stages. While the lowest-ranked team will have to play the top-ranked team of the plate group in the pre-quarterfinals.
Some big names such as Hanuma Vihari (Hyderabad), Navdeep Saini and Nitish Rana (Delhi), Mayank Agarwal and Prasidh Krishna (Karnataka), Sreesanth (Kerala), Prithvi Shaw (Mumbai), Jaydev Unadkat (Saurashtra), Krunal Pandya (Baroda), Umesh Yadav (Vidarbha) and Vijay Shankar (Tamil Nadu) will be available for the tournament.